Two years ago retired civil servant Steve Taylor was faced with an ultimatum. He had to choose between his wife and the replica Dalek which had sat in his living room for 15 years. He chose the former – albeit with a compromise that meant he didn't entirely have to lose the latter. Rather than say goodbye to his Doctor Who villain, built from scratch, Steve and wife Diane found a compromise – at a cost of £700 per year. Now the model, affectionately known as Dai-Lek, spends his days in a wooden crate at a self-storage unit in Aberdare along with two lamps, a table, and an electric bike. “I took early retirement and it was one of my bucket list things,” Steve, a former patent worker turned “frustrated engineer”, explains over a cup of tea in the staff kitchen of Storage Cymru. “I was on my PC looking at electric wheelchairs. [Diane] asked what I was buying an electric wheelchair for and I said I was building a Dalek – and that was … [Read more...] about From daleks to tragedy: Inside the booming world of self-storage
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Jefferson Graham USA TODAY Published 11:13 AM EDT Nov 3, 2018 This is not a typo: Thanksgiving is less than 20 days away. For the tech enthusiast, that means it's time to get out your wallets—or these days, perhaps, take out a loan. Amazon this week already started with "Black Friday deals," that weren't, but you know the drill. The closer we get to Nov. 22, the louder the drumbeat will be. And in the case of Amazon, the bargains will most certainly be focused on Amazon made products like the Echo speakers and Fire TV streaming players. Many of the products that are expected to be big sellers, like the Google Home Hub video speaker and Amazon's similar, revamped Echo Show speaker, along with new streaming players from Roku and a new lower priced DVR from TiVo are already in stores. But there are still many new gadget superstars that have yet to be released and will get to stores this month., They include: —A really pricey … [Read more...] about New for November: iPad Pro, Amazon DVR, Pixel Slate & more. Black Friday in 3 weeks.
Edward C. Baig USA TODAY Published 6:34 PM EDT Oct 30, 2018 BROOKLYN—Apple’s big reveal at the Brooklyn Academy of Music might not have featured the rockstar of the family—iPhone had its day last month—but it was far from a show of has-beens. Still, the somewhat neglected MacBook Air, Mac Mini and iPad Pro finally got a little love. Sure, the MacBook Air now sports some of the finer features previously reserved for the pricier MacBook Pro—the crisp Retina display, a third-generation butterfly-style keyboard, spacious Force Touch trackpad and Touch ID fingerprint sensor. It’s also thinner and lighter, with Apple touting the laptop's “greenness,” since it is built with 100 percent recycled aluminum. And the Mac Mini hadn’t been updated in four years. But honestly, the iPad Pro is the headliner here. Despite Apple’s selling 11.5 million iPads in the most recent quarter, there were many out there who … [Read more...] about First look: How the new iPad Pro and MacBook Air measure up
Dan D'Ambrosio Burlington Free Press Published 2:15 p.m. UTC Aug 10, 2018 The clues for the demise of Vermont cookie maker Liz Lovely are scattered across the internet like bread crumbs on a trail. On the website for Liz Lovely cookies: "New and improved coming Fall 2017." This, as the summer of 2018 draws to a close. On Amazon.com, where the gluten-free Cowboy Cookie is advertised: "Currently unavailable." A review on Yelp, dated March 30: "These were really utterly terrific cookies. I first came across them at a Whole Foods. Gone. Gone everywhere I have looked, like Amazon, too. Whither Liz? Can somebody from Vermont please post what happened?" Indeed, what happened to this company based in Waitsfield, which grew over 13 years to employ 24 people and generate sales of nearly $2 million annually? It's a complicated story, told here for the first time. 'No one really seemed to know' First, it's important to recognize how suddenly and utterly the cookies stopped … [Read more...] about Vermont cookie maker went from Whole Foods to ‘Shark Tank,’ then vanished. What happened?
MIKE WATSON Last updated 15:42, July 20 2018 Forget what you think you know about hydrogen - it could be the fuel of the future. ANDY JACKSON/STUFF A truck thunders through New Plymouth - could it one day be run on hydrogen gas instead of diesel? Hydrogen - clean, green and coming to a neighbourhood near you.How soon is the unknown factor, but it's something New Plymouth-based hydrogen fuel start-up entrepreneur Andrew Clennett is keen to bring forward.While the highly-volatile gas may still carry a reputation from the Hindenburg airship disaster of 1937, Clennett says technology has moved forward in the intervening years and hydrogen could now be the saviour of a transportation industry heavily dependent on finite fossil fuels.Clennett's company, Hiringa Energy, is located in the front room of the 165-year-old pioneer settlers' cottage that he and his wife and business partner, Cathy, call home.READ MORE:Oh … [Read more...] about Could hydrogen turn Taranaki into the Norway of the Pacific?